Electric Kia EV9 SUV gets 336 mile range
Kia has officially revealed the EV9 SUV, which will become the Korean brand's flagship model when it arrives in the UK later this year.
The SUV measures more than five metres long and almost two metres wide, and looks very similar to the show car revealed at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Like that concept, the EV9 will be available with a third row of seats in the boot, offered as either a six-or seven-seater. Those that pick six seats will be able to spin the middle row of seats around to face those sitting in the back.
Powered by Kia's largest battery to date, the EV9 gets a 99.8kWh battery in its longest-range configuration, though a 76.1kWh pack will be available in the range, offered exclusively with a single rear motor.
The larger battery is available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, the former allowing for the 336 mile driving range. It's capable of getting the EV9 from 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds thanks to the single 150kW electric motor. The smaller battery model has a slight increase in power, to 160kW, for an 8.2 seconds sprint, while the dual-motor larger battery model gets a total output of 283kW for a 6.0 seconds 0-62mph time.
Built on Kia's 800V architecture, charging speeds will add 150 miles in around 15 minutes on the fastest chargers. Vehicle-to-load charging is available too, allowing users to plug in three-pin plugs to the car and draw more than 3.5kW of power for items such as laptops, camping gear, or e-bikes.
Fitted with 15 sensor sets, including two Lidar systems, the EV9 will allow a high level of autonomy where rules allow. Over-the-air updates will be able to improve these systems, as well as let customers unlock or buy additional software features online.
Prices are yet to be announced for the new EV9, but Kia EV9 leasing orders can be taken in the second half of the year.
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